Sunday 13 January 2013

Rare Video Shows A Surface-To-Air Missile Fired By The Syrian Opposition

Recently a new Youtube channel has been created for a group calling themselves the Martyr Issam Saleh Air Defense Battalion, part of the Farouq Brigade, one of the major armed groups in Syria.  What's very interesting about this channel is the amount of MANPADS (Man Portable Air Defense Systems) on display

Above we see two examples of what I believe are SA-16 MANPADS, and one SA-7.  What we also have is a rare example of a MANPADS being fired in Syria, and while the quality of the video is too poor to be 100% certain I believe this is a SA-16 being fired

While it's unclear if the missile successfully reached it's target it does provide rare evidence of MANPADS being used by the Syrian opposition.

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Video Shows Captured SA-16 And SA-24 Surface To Air Missiles
The Trigger - The MANPADS presence in the Syrian conflict mapped
NYT At War - Heat-Seeking Missiles in Syria: The SA-7 in Action with Rebels
Youtube Playlist MANPADS Sightings In Syria

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1 comment:

  1. It's like they created the channel just for you Moses.